AutPlay® Therapy is an integrative family play therapy approach designed to support the mental health needs of neurodivergent children (ages 3 -18). Typically, individuals who identify as neurodiverse may have one or more of the following diagnosis: autism (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia), sensory processing issues.
AutPlay® usually follow’s three phases of therapy outlined below:
1. Intake and Assessment Phase
2. Structured Play Intervention Phase
3. Termination Phase. Additional, the therapist may use the AutPlay® Follow Me Approach (FMA), a child-led non-directive-based philosophy to meet engagement, connection, and relationship development needs.
When working with a child the therapist will take time to identify their strengths and needs and use these to guide the therapeutic goals and intervention. Sandtray’s, art, clay, sensory materials and games are used to support your child in a fun and engaging manner.
The therapeutic powers of play are used to address a range of needs including engagement and connection, emotional regulation difficulties, anxiety and fear reduction, sensory challenges, executive functioning difficulties, depression and self-esteem issues, social navigation needs and parent/child relationship challenges.
Initially, contact over the phone or in-person provides an opportunity for the psychologist and parents to decide if AutPlay ® therapy is the correct approach for the child. Children typically attend a minimum of 12 sessions with a review halfway through to discuss any improvements and explore areas that may require additional support. For further information please contact us.